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BDSM

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sexual preferences and behaviors involving physical restraints, an unequal power relationship, or pain, including the practice of bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadomasochism, etc.

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Origin of BDSM

First recorded in 1990–95; blend of B&D (bondage and discipline), D&S (dominance and submission) and S&M (sadism and masochism)
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